The Waco-McLennan County Public Health District is now monitoring a suspected case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) involving a Baylor University student who traveled to China this year.
Doctors say the student had recently traveled to Wuhan, China, where the new virus started.
The Health District is working with Baylor University, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and local health care providers to take immediate action according to the best practices outlined by the CDC and to provide a coordinated response. "An informational call center has also been created at 888-283-2158 for students & parents with additional questions or concerns".
Once it was discovered that the student had traveled to Wuhan, China, in the 14-day window of potential contraction, the hospital reportedly contacted the Brazos County Health District immediately. The patient was said to be "doing well with minimal symptoms".
The health district and Texas A&M University both say that students and those on in the Bryan/College Station area are at low risk of contracting the virus. Those individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms if the case is positive. The patient has been asked to self-isolate. Baylor University is working with the patient to ensure that needs are being met during this self-isolation period.
Though tests are still being conducted to determine if the student has the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), as it is formally known, more than 600 cases of the illness have been reported in China thus far.
You can view a map of the outbreak here.